Sexual Assault Support Services for Women is a non-profit grass-roots feminist organization committed to the support of victims/survivors who have experienced sexual violence and the prevention and elimination of that form of violence.
Celebrating 20 years of service this year, SASS is non-judgmental, open to all women, regardless of ability, race, religion, socio-economic status, culture and sexual orientation. SASS offers free and confidential services to women 16 years and over who have been victims/survivors of sexual abuse and serve as a beacon for these women in the community.
Funded through the Ministry of the Attorney General, its centre operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, a Crisis Line (both in English and French) operates 24 hours/7 days a week. In the past two months alone, 16 women have walked through their doors. With 5 full time staff members ready to help you, SASS offers one-on-one or group counseling, healing art workshops, volunteer training and public education as well as Accompaniment Services (to the police station, hospital, court, etc.). They are currently looking to recruit volunteers.
Since SASS is non-profit, they accept cash donations to help fund their services which can be dropped off at the centre. Each year, SASS hosts two major fundraising events. The first event was VDAY (a play by author Eve Ensler) which was held in February. The next fundraising event being held at the end of May is “Walk-A-Mile In Her Shoes”. And lastly, the Purple Bag Campaign has just begun featuring re-usable grocery bags to promote sexual abuse awareness month which is in May.
To contact the centre for help, to volunteer, make a donation or to find out more information in assisting with their fundraising efforts, please visit their website, Facebook page (Sexual Assault Support Services) or send an email to [email protected]